“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to everyone according to his work.” - Revelation 22:12
Kempton New Church


Day 16: March 11

Readings:

And the scribe said to Him, Well spoken, Teacher. Thou have said the truth, for there is one God, and there is no other but He; and to love Him out of the whole heart, and out of the whole understanding, and out of the whole soul, and out of the whole strength, and to love one’s neighbor as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifice. And Jesus seeing him, that he answered discreetly, said to him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no one dared question Him any longer. (Mark 12:32-34)

The apostles [those sent] were called such from their having been sent to teach and to preach the Gospel...so to teach the truths of the church, by which the Lord is known and the kingdom of God is brought near. The kingdom of God on the earth is the church. From this it is evident what is meant by “apostles” in the spiritual sense of the Word, namely, not the twelve apostles who were sent by the Lord to teach concerning Him and His kingdom, but all who are in the truths of the church. (Apocalypse Explained 100:2)

Reflection:

Most of the scribes and Pharisees were not truly part of the church. A few of them were able to recognize Jesus as the Lord and the truth He was teaching. We are in the church and even “apostles” if we learn and share the truths of the church.

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